The death of Alhaji Sani Dangote- the younger brother to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has been confirmed.
AgroNigeria gathered that Sani died on Sunday, in a U.S hospital where he was receiving treatment following a protracted illness.
“It is with a heavy heart but with total submission to Almighty Allah that we announce the passing on of our Group Vice President, Alhaji Sani Dangote today, 14th November 2021,” Dangote Industries said in a brief statement in the early hours of today.
Top government officials have also mourned his death, describing him as “good and decent”.
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in a recent tweet, described him as “an astute businessman engaged in diverse sectors of the economy.”
As a parting piece, we highlight seven great strides of the Late Dangote in the Nigerian agricultural sector:
1. Late Dangote was until his death, the Group Managing Director of the Dangote Group and owner of Dansa Agro-allied Limited.
2. His company, Dangote Tomatoes Processing Limited established a N3 billion Greenhouse nursery in Kano.
3. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Sani Dangote sat on the board of several agro-allied establishments including Dangote farms and Dansa Foods.
4. He was also a member of several Chambers of Commerce, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria and President of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association (FERSAN).
5. Dangote’s contribution to the food production sector also includes his position as Deputy Chairman of the African Gum Arabic Producers Association, in addition to his membership of the board of directors for Gum Arabic Limited. Gum arabic is widely used as an emulsifier in the production of concentrated citrus and cola flavour oils for application in soft drinks.
6. Sani Dangote was also a non-Executive Director of NASCON Allied Industries Plc- a member of the Dangote Group, engaged in general food processing.
7. Sani also sat on the board of Nutra Sweet Limited, an American nutrient company that produces and markets NutraSweet Neotame, their trademarked brand name for the high-intensity sweetener, neotame.
Sani’s Tomato Processing Facility
The facility is designed to process between 300 and 350 million tonnes of hybrid tomato seedling and has been described as “a bold step towards making Nigeria self-sufficient in tomato production.”
The GreenHouse Nursery was also designed to facilitate the increased production of high-quality seedlings. It was launched in line with the Dangote farm’s plans to produce up to a capacity of 8 million tonnes annually, which exceeds local consumption, pegged at 2.3 million tonnes as of late 2019 to early 2020; when the facility was launched.
This project was in line with his; and by extension, his company’s determination to upscale food production in Nigeria, while improving the lives of farmers.
During the facility’s launch, he said; “We have created the capacity to triple tomato production, attaining self-sufficiency in tomato production as well as potentially exporting surplus to neighbouring countries.
“Furthermore, this nursery will produce the highest quality tomato seedling available meaning that the farmers can grow the highest yield tomatoes.
“Currently, the yields produced by Nigerian farmers are less than the global standard. As a result, farmers will be able to earn more income from selling higher volumes of harvests each season.”
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